I had bumped into two friends (Madinah & Joyce - Heeeey!) and asked them what they had been doing b/c they looked so great!! And they replied "running" which got my wheels turning.....
However, I was all "talk" about getting running shoes for months!! l.i.t.e.r.a.l.l.y Like from March to August *gawk* Finally broke down to get the proper fitting and went off and purchased an "entry" running shoe type (bad decision - another post).
The Couch 2 5K (C25K) was my mission plan to accomplish a goal I discovered in my old exercise journal waaaay back in 2001 (to simply run 10 minutes straight - amazed I can do that now!!). I could barely run 90 secs back in August '09! And running 3 minutes seemed like an eternity!!
But I started noticing myself improving little by little. So I kept at it. It took forever...and I mean forever to build up my endurance as I repeated C25K weeks several times. I attempted to run outside once and decided I was a punk and would remain a 'Treadmill Baby' :) :) Besides it was getting cold out and winter was setting in..hmph
However I knew I needed to push myself in order to get over my 15min ceiling. I discovered a wonderful running group (another great post) in early January '10 and that did the trick!! I started hitting the road and had women there to support me with no pressure!
By then I caught another bug....The RACE bug!! I initially signed up back in mid-January for the Cooper River Bridge 10K that is to take place in March.
Say WHAT?!?!? Was I thinking??
I was introduced to it by one of my co-workers who heard the zeal in my new running adventures. However, I didn't realize how "big" this race is (3rd 10k in the nation) until 'after' I registered LOL
I was intrigued by the race b/c it would demolish 3 of my fears at once - running my 1st race, heights/bridges, and swimming (I can't lol). Plus I LUV Charleston and had not been there in 5 years (mini vacay all rolled up into one!)
Well after I rounded up some girlfriends to go in on this crazy plan of mine Haha I started getting nervous about how I could barely run 3 miles let along SIX miles and that this would be my first race. So I immediately signed up for another race instead (and begged for someone to do it with me - Thanks Katrina!! xoxo) :)
My very first 5K on TODAY!!! (Cupid's Cup 5K)
Funny pic I had to take since it was the "Cupid Cup" and all LOL
This race technically should have been last week but Charlotte had a "snow blizzard" (being sarcastic) that happened the night before so it was postponed. I was so hyped and had all my fellow running buddy tips in my head - but nothing...such a let down. Pooh.
So this morning when I woke up...I really wasn't all that excited or nervous...just ready to DO IT! Plus the extra week gave me more time to train and buy some thermal DriFit leggings I needed Haha (guess it really does all work out for the best).
My goal for this race: To get from the start to finish line not crawling on my knees! LOL
Then it started to vary...at first I wanted to do it within 30 minutes...then just to run the entire 5K period...then run it within 35 minutes (which was decided 2 secs before the gunshot Haha). All that didn't matter as...I just wanted to DO IT!! And I DID!! :)
I ran it in 32:38 minutes! And at a pace of 10:31 minutes a mile...woot!
Here is a "course map" from my RunKeeper GPS app. There were two UP hills and two down hills. After I got up the second hill I did walk a 'smidgen' ;op But was overall pleased with my 1st run.
I have now started my 2010 race list!!! (another post)
Hence me now catching The Running Blog Bug!! I started to randomly lurk on a few that are very helpful/informative and realized literally just last night that I should be journaling about my experience as a beginner! :) I really wish I had started sooner to see the changes I was going thru at the time. So here I am...and I promise all my posts won't be this long LOL (hey it's the inaugural one!)